'Madman' Kim Jong Un 'will be tested like never before'
'Madman' Kim Jong Un 'will be tested like never before'
North Korea hints it could test hydrogen bomb in Pacific
24 September, 2017, 02:19
In his first address to the United Nations as US President, Trump said that the US was ready to "totally destroy" North Korea if it was forced to defend its allies, a warning seen as unprecedented for a US president delivering an address to the world's leaders and top diplomats.
North Korea has launched dozens of missiles under Kim Jong Un's leadership as it accelerates a weapons program created to give it the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.
A Friday commentary from the North's official Korean Central News Agency accused the party newspaper People's Daily and other party news outlets of "kowtowing to the ignorant acts of the Trump Administration".
On the fringes of the world meeting, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.
Kim went on to say that the remarks by "the mentally deranged USA dotard" had not frightened him or dissuaded him from progressing with the nation's nuclear and missile programs, but instead convinced him "that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last".
The fact that it's the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement has raised the worldwide nuclear standoff to a new level.
The dispatch was unusual in that it was written in the first person, albeit filtered through the North's state media, which are part of propaganda efforts meant to glorify Kim.
A magnitude 3.4 tremor detected in North Korea thought to be a "suspected explosion", China's quake administration said.
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It added that China has issued a "comprehensive ban on imported textiles" from North Korea, reiterating another clause of the new sanctions that prohibit trade in both fabric and clothing.
On Thursday Trump announced new US sanctions that he said allows the targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.
It is unusual for the North Korean leader to issue such a statement in his own name.
Lavrov on Friday again pushed a proposal by Moscow and Beijing for a dual suspension of North Korean weapons tests and the U.S.
"History must not repeat itself", says Suzy Kim, Professor of Korean History at Rutgers University.
Vipin Narang, a nuclear expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said such a test would be worse than testing a longer range for an intercontinental ballistic missile, which is another scenario the North may be considering.
The statement will further escalate the war of words between the adversaries as the North moves closer to perfecting a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America.
"About a quarter million people in Nagasaki and Hiroshima were instantly killed by US atomic bombs", writes Kozue Akibayashi, Professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and International President of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
Seismic activity in North Korea could be a missile test. Along with Russia, China wants the U.S.to seek dialogue with the North.
President Donald Trump is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday about the ongoing North Korea crisis. Julie Bishop said North Korea has challenged, undermined and ignored the authority of the UN Security Council.
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If he refuses to do so, it could open the door to renewed United States sanctions and the collapse of the deal. Adding more to the tension, North Korea is reportedly developing a nuclear-powered submarine.
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China's Earthquake Administration said the quake was not a nuclear explosion and had the characteristics of a natural tremor. USA nuclear weapons were withdrawn from the Korean peninsula in the early 1990s at the close of the Cold War.
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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho warned of the test after comparing Trump's speech to "the sound of a barking dog" . Calling Trump a "dotard," Kim also vowed to "tame" the former business mogul in a growing war of words.
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South Korea's unification ministry agreed to provide the funds, which will go towards programmes for infants and pregnant women. Trump responded by tweeting that Kim is "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people".
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Monitors say the Saturday tremor occurred about 50km (31 miles) from a nuclear test site, a similar trend with previous quakes. The seismic activity was reported against a backdrop of growing tension over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile intentions.
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